The Murphy Bed Was Born Of Necessity



The Murphy bed — also called a wall bed, pull-down bed, or fold-down bed — is a bed that’s hinged at one end to store vertically against the wall, or inside a closet or cabinet. Maybe you’ve wondered who came up with the unique invention. It was actually an inventor named William Lawrence Murphy, who began tinkering with hideaway beds while living in a one-room apartment in San Francisco in the late 19th century. It just so happened that he was falling for a young opera singer, and courting customs of the time wouldn’t permit a lady to enter a man’s bedroom. That’s when Murphy came up with the idea of inventing a bed that could be hidden out of sight. With limited finances, he transformed his one-room apartment from a bedroom to a parlor by inventing a bed that would fold neatly into his closet. Things worked out for Murphy and he and the young opera singer wed in 1900.